July Birthstone – Ruby
The birthstone for the month of July is the ruby. The ruby has been the gemstone of passion since over many centuries. Discovered approximately 2,000 years ago, the ruby was called the King of Gems and was believed to be the stone that radiated warmth and luminosity from an internal flame. This was linked to love and passion, making the gem a perfect gift for lovers.
Rubies are the stones associated with royalty. It has been associated with nobility and virtue since the earliest times. Kings adorned rubies on the their crowns; rulers believed it enhanced their leadership skills and decision-making abilities. Ancients believed it to be more valuable and desirable than diamonds, leading to stories of Kubla Khan offering a city in exchange for a ruby and the Biblical quote about a virtuous woman being worth more than rubies. The belief has evolved through the ages, and today the stone is believed to aid wearers in making important life decisions. Similarly, the Hindu culture associates the ruby with power and protection. It was also believed to have curative properties and used to improve blood circulation. The gem is said to symbolize strength, vitality, confidence, and courage.
Ruby and sapphire are from the same gemstone family, corundum. The only difference is the color; the sapphire is blue, a green sapphire is an emerald, and the red sapphire is a ruby. The ruby is considered one of the four precious stones, along with the sapphire, emerald, and diamond.
Wearing the July birthstone ruby is said to promote a feeling of freedom from feelings of anxiety and doubtfulness. Many associate the ruby as being the most helpful to those in relationships whether personal or professional because it helps to lessen feelings of doubt and frustration.
There are many different benefits to rubies, and those who are interested in using gems to increase their energy and health are advised to consider using rubies to improve the quality of their life.
The ruby is the gemstone for those under the Zodiac signs of Cancer and Leo.